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Museo nan Surigao confirms ---huge shell midden deposits at Amoslog,


Joselito Monzon Ramirez Jr.

Caraga Region

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Today’s issue...

Friday, Dec. 30, 2011

Vol. 1 No. 138


Across the Nation:

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Palace reiterates call against use of firecrackers

Aquino vows government’s efforts to further improve country’s economy, uplift lives of Filipinos

Regional News:

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OCD hails ICON, media support in times of disaster CT Apelacio, Central Mindanao

Army handang magpadala ng tropa para tumulong sa seguridad sa S. Cotabato

DEDoguiles, Central Mindanao

Surigao City, Surigao Norte join nationwide 115th Rizal Day rites

FEAbkilan, Caraga Region

In spite the sightings, hostile plans and threats, Agusan del Sur generally peaceful - Army David M. Suyao, Caraga Region

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ZSPPO, ORACIS, and FETDOPAC turn over donations to flood victims in Iligan


LGU-Isabela City celebrates Christmas with kids having special needs


Sec. Soliman turns over P242.13-M for Iligan’s core shelter program Lorry V. Gabule, Northern Mindanao


Rene V. Carbayas, Northern Mindanao


Gideon C. Corgue, Western Mindanao

Rene V. Carbayas, Western Mindanao

OIC extends help to CdO and Iligan Davao Light urges public to celebrate a green New Year’s Eve

Southern Mindanao


Cover Story Museo nan Surigao confirms huge shell midden deposits at Amoslog, Placer

by Joselito Monzon Ramirez Jr.


rom September 1990 to 1993, wooden coffins were unearthed at Panhutongan Primary School in the Municipality of Placer, Surigao del Norte.


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These contained skeletal remains of 63 individuals, fragments of Chinese ceramics, celadon (or jade-green glaze ceramics) pieces, and a circular line of wooden posts and stone structural foundations --the first to be found in the country outside urban settings like Manila and Cebu. Today, team of experts and local leaders saw for them-

selves plots and clumps of common shell midden-- the archaeological term for trash heap comprised of things utilized by humans-- from Panhutungan. These have piled up in many spots at the place, interspersed with parts of the human skeleton, clay utensils, porcelain bowls, boar teeth, varying from 50 cm to 2 wide/ long, about 90 cm thick, distributed in an area of about 400 sq meters. The team led by Mr. Fernando A. Almeda, president of Surigaonon Heritage Center Foundation, included members of the Surigao Adventure Society, Surigao Press and Radio Club (SPRC), Punong Barangay Pablo Adobas of Amoslog and municipal planning and development office staff. Almeda said most of reported midden finds in the the Philippines are only 30 cm thick This means that it is possible that the said midden site could be 30,000 years old. The materials will be referred for further studies in Manila and Japan. Placer Mayor Felimon Napuli was elated over the affirmative findings, with Friday, December 30, 2011


high hopes that further explorations will trigger influx of adventure tourism in his town. Dr. Leslie E. Bauzon, then Dean of the U.P. College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, described the archaeological site in Panhutongan as a formal burial site in utiled from 140 AD to 1770 AD. To complete the reconstruction of Surigaonon prehistory, Dr. Bauzon in his paper “The Archaeology, Prehistory and Ethnohistory of Surigao Province in Northeastern Mindanao,� recommended that the Amoslog cave site must be excavated with its extensive midden deposit. This cave site appears to be a rock shelter, a configuration of huge limestone formations 5 to 10 meters high, with little soil in between. The


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vegetation is comprised of balete trees, palms, rattan and shrubbery. The site is located a few hundred meters NW of the small river dam built sometime in 1976. At that time, the site already yielded Neolithic pottery pieces with various ornamental designs with a variety of artistic procedures. Amoslog is only about 4 km upstream from Panhutungan, the former sharing boundaries with Bad-as to the west. Amoslog, located some 4 km upstream of Panhutungan, is undoubtedly part of the dynamics of the social life of the past, and the possibilities are varied. The Amoslog rock shelter could be an outpost to guard inland entries, a picnic site for the Mamanwa, eased away from the fertile and gold-laden plains the marauding Indonesians occupied, a trade station for Bad-as, Tubod, Mainit, Taganaan, Sison, a hunting base, perhaps a designated place for segregated waste long before RA 9003 was invented, quipped Engr. Robert Estrada and Sheena Friday, December 30, 2011



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Aquino leads nation in commemorating 115th anniversary of the martyrdom of Rizal


resident Benigno S. Aquino III led the nation in commemorating the 115th anniversary of the martyrdom of the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal through a series of ceremonies at the Rizal National Monument in Manila. Friday, December 30, 2011


Upon his arrival, the President was accorded full military honors. He then led the flag-raising rites which was simultaneously done in other parts of the country. He was assisted by other high-ranking government officials led by Vice President Jejomar Binay, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Presidential Political Adviser Ronald Llamas, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson and National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chair Maria Serena Diokno. Also present were Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa and Philippine National Police Chief Police director General Nicanor Bartolome, among others. After the flag-raising ceremonies, President Aquino also offered a wreath at the Rizal National Monument where he met with descendants of the Rizal clan that include Marlene Jacinto from the side of Jose Rizal’s borther Paciano; Mia Syquia Faustmann from the side of Rizal’s sister Maria; Luisa 10

Tinio Bayot, one of the direct descendant of Rizal’s sister Saturnina and Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Teresita Herbosa from the side of Lucia. Culminating the events was President Aquino’s unveiling of the Rizal Fountain Marker at the Noli Me Tangere Garden where he was joined by officials of the NHCP led by Executive Director Ludovico Badoy. The fountain was formally turned over to the government by then German Ambassador Johann Karl Von Stechow during the 68thAnniversary of the Martyrdom of the National Hero in 1964. It was a gift of the German government to the people of the Philippines. The fountain was set up at the Rizal Park and was aptly called “Rizal Fountain”. In 1994, a major renovation was done through the kindness of Sir Hans Schoof KGOR Supreme Exchequer of the Knights of Rizal. This year, the said fountain together with the other structures in Rizal Park was renovated as part of the celebration of the 150th Birth

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Anniversary of Jose Rizal. The event, which was anchored on the theme, “Rizal: Haligi ng Bayan” was also observed in other parts of the country particularly in Rizal’s hometown in Calamba City and Dapitan City where he was exiled. Rizal was born in Calamba on June 19, 1861, to Francisco Engracio Rizal Mercado and Teodora Morales Alonso Realonda. At a very young age of three, Jose Rizal has mastered the alphabet through his mother and at the age of eight, he wrote his very first poem entitled “Sa Aking Mga Kababata” (To My Childhood Friends). At 16, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ateneo Municipal de Manila with a grade of “Excellent”. He inspired the Philippine Revolution through his writings, especially his novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Rizal was imprisoned in Fort Santiago and was executed by musketry at Bagumbayan (now Rizal Park) on December 30, 1896. (JCL)

Palace reiterates call against use of firecrackers


alacanang reiterated its appeal to the public against the use of firecrackers during the New Year celebration because of the risks the commodity poses.

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“Again to reiterate our appeal: ang wish ko lang po sa ating mga kababayan ay sana pagpasok po ng 2012 ay kumpleto lahat ng ating paa at kamay. Huwag po nating salubungin nang merong dalamhati o hindi magandang pangyayari ang pagpasok ng bagong taon,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a media briefing in Malacanang on Thursday. Early this week, President Benigno S. Aquino III appealed to the public to refrain from using firecrackers to prevent injuries and loss of lives during the New Year celebration as he cited a large number of victims injured by using firecrackers during the past years. Asked by reporters if the Palace would support a total ban on the use of firecrackers, 12

Valte said it depends on the legislatures to decide. At the same time, she said there are existing local ordinances that completely prohibit the use of firecrackers such as in Davao City. The Palace would study any proposal calling for a total ban for the use of firecrackers, Valte said. “Titingnan po muna natin kung ano yung mga parameters,” she said. In anticipation for the possible emergencies during the New Year celebration, the Department of Health (DOH) is doing an assessment for its response to emergency situations, Valte said. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has also started taping the guns of police personnel to prevent them from using their firearms.

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“Nag-a-update po araw-araw ang DOH doon sa mga firecracker-related injuries and ang PNP [Philippine National Police] naman po natin, ginawa na po nila yung yearly na pagte-tape nung kanilang mga firearms para siguraduhing wala po tayong mga miyembro ng kapulisan na magpapaputok ng kanilang baril ngayong Bagong Taon,” Valte said. Valte added that Interior and Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo is doing rounds to monitor the sale of firecrackers to make sure that dealers comply with government regulations and prevent them from selling prohibited firecrackers. In his message, the Chief Executive said he is fully supporting the DOH’s campaign dubbed as APIR - Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction which is aimed at reducing firecrackerrelated injuries in the country. The President, likewise, encouraged everyone to observe the APIR campaign for their own safety. Also, the President issued a directive to the PNP to strictly enforce the law on firecrackers and pyrotechnics and arrest not only the sellers but also the revelers using the merchandise. (AS)

Aquino vows government’s efforts to further improve country’s economy, uplift lives of Filipinos


resident Benigno S. Aquino III reassured the government’s resolute efforts to further improve the country’s economy and uplift the standards of living of the people as he expressed thanks to the Filipinos for their unwavering support and confidence in his administration. In his New Year message, the President said that the present administration is bent in overcoming all the trials along the

way stressing the very important role of cooperation between the government and the citizenry in achieving sustainable progress

and development in the years to come. He encouraged the people to cherish and acknowledge the blessings

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the country has received

in the past year and to give gratitude to the Divine Providence. “Salamat po sa patuloy ninyong pagsuporta at pagtitiwala. Manalig po kayong hindi kailanman kukupas ang matingkad nating hangarin na umasenso ang Pilipinas at ang mga Pilipino,” President Aquino said. “Hindi tayo patitisod sa nais pa ring umagrabyado sa mga Pilipino. Sa bayanihan ng ating pamahalaan at mamamayan, wala pong makakahadlang sa ating pag-angat at sa tuloy-tuloy na katuparan ng ating mga pangarap. Magpasalamat at bigyang-halaga po sana natin ang mga grasya ng Panginoon ngayong taon,” he added as he expressed hopes for better opportunities in the coming year. “Hangad ko pong makatamasa pa ng maraming biyaya at tagumpay ang mas nakararaming pamilyang Pilipino...” the President said. 14

The Chief Executive noted the considerable reforms that were accomplished following his assumption into office in 2010, which, he said, pertains to eradicating corruption, poverty alleviation, fair and efficient service of justice and inclusive economic progress and development for all, among others. “Sa mahigit isa’t kalahating taon nang pagbagtas natin sa tuwid na landas, nakikita na natin ang pagbangon ng bansa, mula sa malubhang katiwalian at kahirapan. Unti-unti na po tayong nagtatagumpay laban sa mga problemang ating dinatnan” the President said. “Gaano man po katindi ang pagpipilit na magtanim ng agam-agam sa ating isipan, wala naman po sigurong makakapagdudang nagbago na talaga ang Pilipinas. Ngayon po, ibinabalik na natin ang piring ng katarungan. Ang kaunlaran ay natatamasa hindi lamang ng mayaman

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at makapangyarihan, ramdam na rin ng mas nakakarami nating kababayan,” he added. These reforms, the President said, have resulted to a more active citizenry, participating and cooperating in government programs towards improvement. He also said that in welcoming the new year, the government will be focusing on programs to expedite the creation of better opportunities for the people. Nakikita naman po natin ang bunga ng ating ipinunlang mga reporma: may maalab na sigla at pag-asa, mataas na kumpiyansa, at malawak at mas maraming mga oportunidad sa bansa. Ang taon na papasok ay hindi lamang pagpapatuloy ng ating naumpisahang mga reporma, ngunit ng mas mabilis pang pagbabago… Isang masaganang Bagong Taon po sa ating lahat,” the President said. (JCL)

Photo release

Sarangani boxers win in Davao MAASIM, Sarangani – The team of amateur boxers from Maasim display their medals and trophies garnered from the 11th Tonyboy Floirendo Cup Amateur Boxing Championship at Panabo City recently. The team was also garnered Team Champion, and Best Boxer awards during the Cong. Emmanuel D. Pacquaio Amateur Boxing Challenge, an inter-municipal amateur boxing championship tournament held in Alabel. (Abner Arzaga)

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Glan Tourism Master Plan off the press

GLAN, Sarangani — After almost a year in the works, the Glan Tourism Master Plan is finally out. On Tuesday, the GTMP was brought out during a simple but fitting turnover ceremony at the Glan Training Center, with Mayor Victor James B. Yap, Sr. accepting the 100page document on behalf of the Municipality of Glan. Glan is home to the famous Gumasa white sand beaches and scenic resorts. 16

“Our most sincere gratitude to the Asia Foundation, the Notre Dame Business Research Cooperative Foundation, Inc., the Technical Working Group and to all those who, in one way or the other, helped put together this great work whose profound and positive impact on the community will surely be felt in the years to

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come,” said Yap in brief remarks. The mayor expressed elation at this development as it would now help guide the local government on how to go about developing the local tourism industry in a most systematic and judicious manner. “Our approach to tourism development should be one of sus

tained growth and at the same time protect our environment and other equally vital components of the local economy—agriculture, fishing, livestock, etc.,” he said. He disclosed that there had been suggestions, even premature moves, to let the mining people come in, but he had to put his foot down. “We in the local government believe that tourism remains our best bet for economic development and prosperity, and mining will defeat our purpose because of its potential damage to the environment.” “Mining will eventually destroy our fine white beaches and other potential tourist spots. So, either we go into tourism or none at all,” he added. The Mindanao Tourism Council was chiefly responsible for the formulation of the plan, with the TWG providing the data and the all-important inputs

without which the plan would not have come about. “The challenge now is for the local government to carry out the plan to the letter and for the private sector to do its share for all its worth. It should be private-public partnership in action,” said Jonallier Perez, MTC secretary and GTMP consultant, whom Vice Mayor Vivien Yap described as “the genius behind the GTMP.” “Otherwise, the GTMP would be another item gathering dust in the bookshelf,” he said. For her part, Vice Mayor Yap, who headed the Technical Working Group, said the

GTMP was a dream come true for her, having thought of coming up with such a plan since five years ago. “With the GTMP already on hand, our dream of a sustained and progressive tourism industry will soon become a reality,” she said. She assured all parties concerned that as called forth in the plan, the Sangguniang Bayan would take the necessary steps to have the Municipal Tourism Office set up next year. “Tourism will also get bigger appropriations and other incentives from the local government,” she said.

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OCD hails ICON, media support in times of disaster by CT Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Office of Civil Defense Regional Center- Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (OCDRC-RDRRMC) 12 lauded the quick response of the members of the Information Communication Network (ICON) 12 and the media in the region in times of disaster.

ICON, an organization of government information officers in south-central Mindanao, is under the tutelage of Philippine Information Agency (PIA) 12. Lita Enok, OCDRD12 regional director said ICON-12 and the


media were very helpful in the dissemination of news regarding Tropical storm Sendong soliciting the massive response of the populace in the entire region. She credited the pouring in of support for the victims of Sendong

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to the active involvement of media and the information officers of different national government agencies and local government units who mobilized different sectors to help in any way they could. Enok also acknowledged the partnership

the OCDRC-RDRRMC 12 forged with PIA-12 in the information and communication activities “intended to generate support in the form of cash, goods or personnel/technology for the flood-affected areas” in northern part of Mindanao. On December 23, Enok and her staff went to Cagayan de Oro City “to augment

and extend support to OCDRC-RDRRMC 10 during the ongoing response operations in the areas of Region 10.” With no let up, the OCDRC-RDRRMC 12 has done all the monitoring and tabulation of assistance extended as well as the activities undertaken by regional line agencies, LGUs and civic and private

organizations in Region 12, Enok said. Enok also said all assistance that had been generated or those that are coming in yet for the hard-hit victims of Sendong had been delivered or shall be delivered to the victims specifically in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities.

Army handang magpadala ng tropa para tumulong sa seguridad sa S. Cotabato KORONADAL CITY – Handang-handa ang 27th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army na magpadala ng mga tauhan na tutulong sa pagpapalakas ng lalawigan ng South Cotabato laban sa banta ng pambobomba. Ayon kay Lt. Col. Alexis Noel Bravo, commanding officer ng 27th IB, matapos narekober ang improvised explosive device sa Tantangan, South Cotabato noong Pasko, agad siyang nakipag-ugnayan kay South Cotabato Police Provincial Director P/SSupt. Randolf Delfin at sinabing nakahanda ang tropa ng militar na ideploy lalung lalo na sa mga urban center. Subalit, ayon umano kay Police Provincial Di-

rector Delfin, may sapat na tauhan ang kapulisan sa lalawigan. Bago ang Pasko, nagpadala na ng halos 300 augmentation force ang Police Regional Office 12 sa mga police station sa buong Soccsksargen Region, 40 rito ang ipinadala sa Koronadal City. Dagdag pa ni Bravo, bagamat walang nakadeploy na army sa iba’t ibang lugar sa South Cotabato nakahanda naman sila tugunan ang anumang pangangailan-

gan ng kanilang serbisyo. Halimbawa, aniya, ang explosive ordnance disposal team ng 27th IB ang naunang tumugon sa mga narekober na improvised explosive device sa Tantangan noong Pasko at Polomolok noong Lunes. Ayon kay Lt. Col. Bravo kung hihilingin ng pulis ang tulong ng army, agad siyang magpadala ng tropa. (DEDoguiles)

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Butuan City commemorates 115th Rizal Day by Robert E. Roperos


he city government today commemorated the 115th year of Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s martyrdom in a simple ceremony held at the city’s Rizal Park.

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City hall employees and from other government regional offices came early to the venue clad in their office uniforms and witness the ceremony as the city government paid tribute to Dr. Jose Rizal through a wreath-laying ceremony at the hero’s monument. In an interview with City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. after the program, he said the life and death of Dr. Jose Rizal may serve as an inspiration to the Filipino people especially to the youths who are the future leaders and heroes of the country. Mayor Amante also underscored

the importance of serving the country with transparency and accountability as these are some of the factors to make this country move forward. “If we only have a common goal and that is to serve the country with honesty and integrity, then we could be able to reach our aspirations therefore making this country move forward,” Amante said. Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun pointed out that the Filipino people don’t have to die to become heroes but with the contributions they have made for the benefit of the country is

enough for them to be called heroes. “We should not have to die for us to be called heroes but for every good contribution that we give for the benefit of our fellowmen and the country, in general makes us like a hero in our own little way,” Fortun said. Fortun also called on the people especially the youths to live with the legacy of Dr. Jose Rizal and not just commemorating his memories. “What is important is we also have to apply the good deeds of our national hero as we strive hard for the better,” he added.

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Surigao City, Surigao Norte join by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO CITY – The city government of Surigao and the provincial government of Surigao del Norte once again joined the nationwide commemoration of the 115th death anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, the country’s national hero, in front of the city hall today. City Mayor Ernesto Matugas and Gov. Sol Matugas led the commemorative activities, which started at around 7:00 a.m. followed by the raising of the city and provincial flags by the city and provincial officials. Mayor Matugas, Gov. Matugas, 1st District Rep. Francisco Matugas and 2nd District Rep. Guillermo Romarate, Jr. also delivered 22

their commemorative messages respectively. Right after the short program, a short play on the life of Dr. Rizal was conducted at the Luneta Park, spearheaded by the Department of Education Surigao City Division. Still at the Luneta Park, the 30th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army exe-

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cuted a 21 gun salute while national, provincial and city officials, department heads, chief of offices, socio-civic organizations and other groups collectively offered a wreath before the hero’s monument. The activity closed with a community singing of “Ang Aking Bayan” and “Pilipinas Kong Mahal” led by the City Chorale Ensemble.

In spite the sightings, hostile plans and threats, Agusan del Sur generally peaceful - Army by David M. Suyao AGUSAN DEL SUR – For the last quarter of this year, five sightings of the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army/ National Democratic Front (CNN) three extortion activities and five hostile plans were recorded by the 75th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army under Lt. Col. Danila Benavidez within the vicinity of five municipalities located at the southern part of Agusan del Sur.

In Sitio Agpan, Barangay Imelda, Bunawan, five armed CNN were seen, bringing their firearms place inside a rice sack, asking civilians about the plans of the government forces in the area and threatening to drive away the residents in the place if they will not follow their rules. Still in Brgy. Imelda, another two CNN were seen trans-

porting drugs for their wounded comrades. The following day, another sighting of some 20 CNN wearing bonnet also in Brgy. Imelda was noted. Another 20 armed CNN were noted in Bayugan 3 heading towards the southern direction, while some 50 armed CNN were seen in Sitio Maot Trento, carrying their 12 wounded comrades.

The CNN also held two saddam trucks of one Nading Elorde in Bunawan town while asking for additional revolutionary tax. After some negotiations, the trucks were released. They also destroyed a thicker of certain Cabunita in Barangay Wasian, Rosario for refusing to pay revolutionary tax. Along with their extortion activities, the CNN took a

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carabao in Bgy. Wasian, Rosario and brought the animal to Bunawan Brook and slaughtered it. Together with the carabao, they also took six chainsaws from residents of Wasian. The army also discovered some hostile plans of the CNN. In Brgy. Bayugan 3, Rosario, they planned to attack the Earth Saver Security outpost in Ridge mountain and planned to conduct hostile activities to DOLE company located in Brgy. 24

Cabantao, still in Rosario town. Another more or less 30 armed CNN were sited in Barangay Sion, Sta. Josefa planning to attack the civilian armed auxiliary (CAA) quarters in Sta. Josefa and Veruela Barangay Katipunan and Barangay Sta. Cruz in Veruela that blended with the civilian sympathizers purposely to recruit additional members but were later discovered to attack the Katipunan patrol base and del Monte patrol base and the municipal police

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stations of the municipality of Veruela and Sta. Josefa. Two members of the CAA were also ambushed by the CNN in Barangay Cuevas, Trento, killing one Larry Cortes while Roden Alsada escaped death. They also shot to death one Rogen Conejar who was riding in his motorcycle in Barangay Libertad, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. “While the presence of the CNN in the province is a threat to peace and order, we are doing our best to neutralize them. In fact, since April of this year, eight have already surrendered to us, and were neutralized. We are also giving due attention to violent incidents but we see to it that no civilians will be caught in crossfire,� Lt. Col. Benavidez said. The army is also hoping that the CNN will observe the ceasefire declared by the government in order that the country will have a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

BRP Gregorio del Pilar deploys to Palawan


arko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15) sailed from Manila for the province of Palawan on December 23, 2011 for her first deployment as a warship of the Philippine Navy.


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The 6th Civil Relations Group of the AFP said in a press release the Weather High Endurance Cutter will augment the naval security in the Malampaya Oil Fields and in other service contract areas west of Palawan. The military said PF15 is the newest patrol frigate of the Philippine Navy. She has a length of 378 feet and beam of 42 feet. She

can sustain a monthlong mission without re-provisioning. The ship has a compliment of 18 officers and 144 enlisted personnel. As part of Naval Forces West’s naval assets, PF-15’s primary role as a multi-mission vessel is the conduct of maritime security patrols and search and rescue missions. PF-15 was transferred to the Philippine

Navy by the U.S. Coast Guard on May 13, 2011. BRP Gregorio del Pilar was commissioned and christened into the naval service last December 14, 2011 at Pier 13 in South Harbor, Manila with His Excellency, President Benigno S. Aquino III gracing the occasion. (NBE/6CRGAFP/ RVC-PIA9 ZBST)

ZSPPO, ORACIS, and FETDOPAC turn over donations to flood victims in Iligan by Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – The Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office (ZSPPO) on Wednesday afternoon turned over cash donations and relief goods to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) in Iligan City.


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Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Jose Bayani Gucela personally turned over the cash donation amounting to P110,000 and bundles of relief goods to CDMRRC command staff Josefina Cabusas at the city hall. Gucela said the amount was generated from the voluntary donation of policemen from their Christmas bonus. “They also donated used clothings,” Gucela added. “The relief goods we have collected did not only come from the police officers but also from our force multipliers and sympathized friends who deeply with the unfortunate

events experienced by the flood victims,” Gucela reported. The donations collected were part of the “Oplan Tabang Sendong”, a relief operations campaign launched by the provincial command following the tropical storm “Sendong” which brought great flood-

ing, increased number of deaths, countless misplaced families and homes in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan to ameliorate the condition of the victims. Meanwhile, the organized radio assistance communication and information services (ORACIS) Pagadian City chapter president Michael Ganta said they actively took part with the disaster campaign of the PNP saying that the agency’s campaign is worthy to be supported by various civic organizations. “As PNP’s partner, it is incumbent upon us to take part in this noble endeavor,” Ganta said. “We have donated relief goods, canned foods and noodles. We also volunteered in helping the PNP to unload the relief goods at the CDRRMC center,” Ganta added. Motorized Tricycle Franchising and Regulatory Board (MTFRB) committee chairman Hon. Arnold Gavenia of the Sangguniang

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the donations that the MTFRB and the Federation of Tricycle Drivers and Operators Association (FETDOPAC) have collected resulted from the meeting that he called on December 21 with the board of directors appealing to them to help the flood victims. Gavenia said the relief operations campaign that they’ve launched is their own little way of sharing help to the victims. “ Gustong ipakita ng transport sector na makapagbibigay sila sa mga biktima ng baha at para makita silang nakangiti kahit papano sa panahon ng Pasko. (The transport sector would like to show that they can share something to

the flood victims and to see them even with a little smile this Christmas season),” Gavenia added. He said cash and non-cash donations like bottled water, canned goods, noodles from FETDOPAC members and from other individuals were received by the association. FETDOPAC president Jesuseller Duterte said they have collected more than P4,000 from its members but they used it to buy canned goods and noodles saying that these are some of the urgent needs of the survivors. “Nalipay kaayo mi sa gipakita nga suporta sa mga driver sa tricycle bisan ug lisod ang

ilang kahimtang pero wala sila nagmakuli paghatag ug sinsilyo para sa mga biktima sa baha.” ( I was very happy for the show of support of the tricycle drivers that despite their difficult situation, they did not hesitate to give their coins for the flood victims), Duterte said. The donations were received by Josefina Cabusas, CDRRMC command center staff. Among those who helped the unloading of donations were members of Phi Lambda Sigma Fraternity thru its chapter president Russel Monsales. (ALT/GCC/PIA9-Pagadian)

LGU-Isabela City celebrates Christmas with kids having special needs by Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY – Christmas is indeed for children. But for the city government of Isabela in Basilan, it was more meaningful to celebrate the Yuletide season with children with special needs. 28

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Mayor Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar gathered some 57 children with special needs for a treat last December 15 at city hall lobby as the Christian world celebrates the most festive, colorful, and joyous period of the Christian calendar. In her message, Mayor Akbar exhorted parents to be more patient and honored them for their unconditional love for their special children who are differently-abled. As a mother too, she said that she felt the tension and the challenges facing parents in dealing with kids with special needs. “Nobody can give

the love that you parents are giving to these children. Hopefully, in spite of all the difficulties and problems that we encounter, we will not lose faith and patience in caring for our

kids, no matter what their capabilities are because they are gifts from God,� the mayor stressed. The mayor also cited the role of teachers handling these special kids. At one time, she said that she was tempted to hire them for the kids but on second thought did away with the plan knowing that she will deprive other kids who needed these teachers the most. She also thanked Judge Leo Principe for initiating and advocating for a special education program under the Department of

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Education in the city. Meanwhile, special education teachers thanked the mayor for the support and for giving children with special needs the hope to become contributing members of the society rather than social liabilities. In Isabela City, the Isabela Central Elementary Pilot School (ICEPS) and the Isabela East Central Elementary School (IECES) are offering classes for children with special needs for about five years now. According to about. com, children with special needs may have mild learning disabilities or profound mental retardation; food allergies or terminal illness; developmental delays that catch up quickly or remain entrenched; occasional panic attacks


or serious psychiatric problems. The designation is useful for getting needed services, setting appropriate goals, and gaining understanding for a child and stressed family. Although every special-needs child is different and every family is unique, there are some common concerns that link parents of challenged kids, including getting appropriate care and accommodations; promoting acceptance in the extended family, school and community; planning for an uncertain future; and adjusting routines and expectations. The Special Education Division of the Bureau of Elementary Education said that the State, community and the family life hold a common vision for the

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Filipino child with special needs: that is, he/ she could be adequately provided with basic education; education should fully realize his/ her own potentials for development and productivity as well as being capable of selfexpression of his/her rights in the society; and he/she is God-loving and proud of being a Filipino. The bureau said fundamental principle of inclusive school is that all children should learn together, wherever possible, regardless of any difficulties or differences they may have (The Salamanca Statement on Principles, Policy and Practice in Special Education). (ALT/ RVC-PIA9 ZBST)

PCSO chief visits ‘Sendong’ victims by Jumalyn J. Picato


he Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)Chairperson Margie Juico recently visited this city to extend financial assistance to families affected by tropical storm ‘Sendong.’

PCSO has allotted Php 4.8 million worth of endowment fund for the health needs of the storm victims. “I just want to check the hospital, Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), where we gave Php 4.8 million for us to manage and take good care of the people who became sick because of the calamity,” Juico

said. Likewise, Juico personally visited sitio Cala-Cala of brgy. Macasandig, one of the evacuation centers in the city to bring support and to evaluate the condition of the victims on the onslaught. She also went to Iligan city after her stints in Cagayan de Oro. Friday, December 30, 2011


Mario S. Pelisco, PCSO chief of lottery operations in Northern Mindanao, on the other hand, said families affected by ‘Sendong’ can freely come to NMMC for medical assistance. “When it comes to the victims of Sendong, PCSO is here ready to help,” he said.

Sec. Soliman turns over P242.13-M for Iligan’s core shelter program by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman handed over to City Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz a cheque amounting P 242.130 million on her recent visit here. The amount is intended for In a meeting with the members some 3,459 families whose houses of the City Disaster Risk Reduction were totally devastated in the wake Management Council (CDRRMC), of the tropical storm Sendong that Soliman said the local government hit Iligan City. shall identify a resettlement site 32

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that shall be constructed with an 80-square m e t e r lot areastandard for a core shelter per one family. Out of this amount released, the Department has allotted P70,000 per core shelter, having one room and a toilet. The city may have a counterpart for the construction by soliciting nongovernment organizations or other groups willing to do it through adopt-a-shelter program. “We make sure that they are safe from danger areas, and the site shall have access road and potable water, to include other site development, that make settlers comfortable to live,” said Soliman. Soliman added, “we should not allow these families to go back to where the tragic incident occurred,” as she reiterated the statement of President Benigno S. Aquino III during his visit in Iligan. Relative to the disposition of logs which were swept downward at barangays severely hit by the

tropical storm, the Secretary said there are 879 pieces of logs found which can be used for building construction of shelter, and Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to secure the logs in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources DENR), to undergo due process through a Deed of Donation, and shall turn it over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). In her statement, Soliman said that despite some social workers were also affected of the disaster, they have done in the best of their ability to perform the mission of DSWD on its relief and response/ early recovery and rehabilitation stage, and serve the affected families here. Friday, December 30, 2011


OIC extends help to CdO and Iligan by Noemi Marla C. Cinco

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) went to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City, December 27 to visit the victims and areas affected by tropical storm “Sendong.�

The OIC has tapped the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), represented by Asec. Vilma Cabrera, and the Officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to assist them in the assessment of the needs of the victims and for them to be able to identify the long range plan that they can help provide for the two cities. OIC stressed that they 34

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are more interested in the rehabilitation of damaged areas and assist in the provision of relocation sites for the victims. These plans are intended not only for Muslims but to Christians as well. Sendong hit the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan on the night of December 16 leaving 991 dead, 1,015 missing and 9,260 families displaced as of this date. (DSWD)

NGO considers reaching out to abandoned by Carina Cayon families of OFWs


non-government organization catering to migrant workers from Mindanao has considered extending its livelihood program to the abandoned families of overseas Filipino workers. The Davao City-based Unlad Kabayan Migrant Services Foundation is reviewing a proposal from another OFW advocate group to reach out to the distressed wives, husbands and children who were abandoned by their OFW spouses and parents. Benilda Rom of Unlad Kabayan said that they are mainly concerned on the economic rights of migrant workers by establishing savings and investments on OFW’s behalf. For 15 years of operation, Rom said that Unlad Kabayan has been assisting returning OFWs from various parts of Mindanao establish their business and livelihood projects. However, Rom said they will look into the proposal from the

Davao City-based Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Actions Inc. (MMCEAI) to extend Unlad Kabayan programs to the abandoned families of OFWs. She disclosed that around 8,000 families of migrant workers including the established OFWs, and another 1,000 migrants have availed of the livelihood assistance from Unlad Kabayan. The community-based livelihood program is more focused on agriculture, Rom said citing projects such as coconut coir plant, rice center and rice mill in Surigao del Sur and other areas in Mindanao in partnership with the local government units. She said that the assistance could reach up to P400,000 as a start-up capital for a business plan. MMCEAI has called on the assistance of Unlad Kabayan during the celebration of the International Day of Migrants on December 18 Friday, December 30, 2011


here in the city. The group reported an increasing incidence of abandoned wives, husbands and children documented in its briefing paper on the State of Abandoned Families of OFWs in Davao Region. MMCEAI has catered to 55 cases of abandoned families from the 65 cases documented by the city government’s Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD). It disclosed that only 12 cases were filed to court, mostly concerning charges on multiple marriages,

economic abuse such as non-remittance of earnings and intermittent support, and child custody. The other forms of abandonment include non-communication, loss of care and eventual disappearance. Most of MMCEAI cases involved abandoning parties who work as seafarers and domestic helpers in countries such as United States of America, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, among others.

DAVAO CITY - With 2011 coming to a close, the Davao Light and Power Company urged Davaoeños to reflect on what have been achieved during the year, and at the same time to go green in welcoming 2012.

ommended using microwave instead of the regular oven if possible. It said a microwave consumes less electricity and doesn’t heat up the room. Another food preparation tip is to have simple, easy-to-make and locally grown appetizers. DLPC also suggested to turn-off the main house lights for a more dramatic mood, and to watch Christmas lights glitter in darkness. This could be best when opening gifts. Gifts that don’t need batteries are also best to give, as it will save money as well as the environment in the long run. (DLPC)

Davao Light urges public to celebrate a green New Year’s Eve

DLPC advised to consider the green ways in holding the Filipino tradition of celebrating the New Year’s eve with a blast without spending much money and power. The first tip is to keep the celebration simple with electronic invitations such as using ceiling fans or personal fans instead of air conditioning. Ceiling fans will help circulate the cool air. Another advice is to decorate some green plants inside your home, as this will also help cool the air when the weather gets hot outside. In cooking efficiently, DLPC rec


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